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Precursors to the Development of Anxiety Disorders in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Technical Report,30 Sep 2015,29 Sep 2016

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Duke University Durham United States

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Anxiety disorders are extremely common among individuals with autism spectrum disorder ASD.The presence of an anxiety disorder negatively affects family functioning, friendship development, and school functioning. Our long term goal is to be able to identify children with ASD who are at risk for anxiety as early as possible so that early intervention can address not only ASD symptoms, but also target specific symptoms that put a child with ASD at risk for developing an anxiety disorder. During the second year of funding we have focused on data collection, data quality control, and preliminary data analyses. Preliminary analyses suggest that, in our convenience sample, 79 of children meet criteria for an impairing anxiety disorder, 21 of children score at least 1 standard deviation above the group mean for sensory over-responsivity SOR, and 100 of children in the SOR group also meet criteria for an anxiety disorder, however only 30 of children who meet criteria for an anxiety disorder are in the SOR group.


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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Psychology

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